Update: July 10, 2017: One of the best things about New York City is that there is a distinct world on each and every block. Take for example, Greenwich Street in the Financial District. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, it was considered NYC’s “Millionaire’s Row” of Manhattan and was lined with splendid mansions inhabited by some of the city’s most affluent folks.
Ephemeral New York recently profiled 67 Greenwich, a once tony building on the block. While today it looks like a construction site in great disrepair, once upon a time the Federal Style mansion was one of the area’s grandest.
Robert Dickey, a prominent and moneyed merchant, built two three-story domiciles between 1809-1810 on the block and moved his wife and ten kids into the larger of the two where they lived until 1820. By then the tides had changed and the block was no longer the city’s poshest.
Still, the building has had a rich and varied history. Over the years it housed another prominent builder, took a turn as the French consulate, became a boarding house and later, a ship ticket office. It even had it’s share of scandal, when it was briefly a brothel.
More recently, according to the New York Landmarks Conservancy, “both before and after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, this building has stood vacant and deteriorating” — a literal former shell of its former self. It received landmark status in 2005.
So what does the future hold for the ever-evolving building now? Well, it’s was slated to be incorporated into a new development project at nearby 77 Greenwich –a 35-story tower that would have cantilevered over what remains of the landmark. But the LPC gave the plans their thumbs down. According to Yimby, the latest proposal calls for the house to be restored to its 1872 to 1915 condition, with preservationists arguing that it spent more time as a tenement than as the Dickeys’ house.
The old townhouse will then become part of the new public school and connected internally to the school’s larger portion in the base of 77 Greenwich.
Update: The original version of this post misidentified the neighborhood of building and did not include the latest proposal for the building. [Ephemeral NY]